February 15, 2003


"Dramatic effect" of HIV/AIDS prevention programmes (UN Integrated Regional Information Networks, February 14, 2003)
HIV/AIDS prevention programmes have had a dramatic effect on changing risky sexual behaviour, authors of a five-year study in Ethiopia said on Friday.

The study, which was carried out among 1,500 factory workers in Ethiopia and started in 1997, showed a marked drop in casual sex and an increase in condom use. Prevalence rates of the virus also plummeted.

Dr Yared Mekonnen, of the Ethiopian Health and Nutrition Research Institute, told IRIN that HIV testing should be promoted across Africa.

"At the beginning, risky sexual behaviour was quite common among these people," Dr Yared said. "Most of them have extra marital sex, they go to sex workers and condom use is very low in this group. Sexually transmitted diseases are also very common." [...]

Yared said that surveys in Ethiopia revealed that one in five people have extra marital sex, but added that in their survey group it was now almost negligible.

Which is one more reason this was unjust. Posted by Orrin Judd at February 15, 2003 1:00 PM

I think we can go without honour killings.

Posted by: M Ali Choudhury at February 15, 2003 1:56 PM

Including an honour killing that caused the victim's daughter to witness her own parent's death.

Posted by: PatrickH at February 15, 2003 5:04 PM

She'll know to take her own marriage vows seriously.

Posted by: oj at February 15, 2003 5:41 PM

No, she won't, now and everafter.

Her vows died with her husband and her marriage.

And his/"her" child has been damaged for the rest of her life.


Why are you are okay with this, Orrin?

Posted by: PatrickH at February 15, 2003 8:17 PM

If Orrin's point is that infidelity can spread death to the marriage bed, would the jury have ruled the same if her husband infected her with HIV?


Posted by: Tom at February 16, 2003 4:04 AM

Oops. Misunderstood which "she" you were referring to, Orrin.

Too much wine too late at night.

I still just don't get your attitude about this sad episode, though.

Posted by: PatrickH at February 16, 2003 6:51 AM

I just don't have a problem with a jilted spouse whacking the philanderer. It seems like an effective deterrent to allow it.

Posted by: oj at February 16, 2003 8:07 AM